DOLE reaches 1.216-M individuals, 10.9-K institutions with LMI in 2014 first semester

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday expressed optimism that the DOLE will be able to sustain its efforts in helping students and other entrants to the labor force make intelligent career decisions, citing the Department’s accomplishments in disseminating labor market information (LMI) to help address the problem of unemployment and jobs mismatch.

Citing a report of the Bureau of Local Employment, or BLE, Baldoz said the DOLE has connected and touched base with 1,216,888 individuals through the nationwide distribution of IEC materials, almost accomplishing the 1,644,308 whole-year target, or 74 percent, during the first semester of the year.

The BLE report also said the DOLE has reached out to 10,944 of the 17,620 institutions targeted for the year, recording a 62.1 percent accomplishment rate on this score.

“The DOLE works hard to make it easy and fast for jobseekers to find jobs that fits their qualifications, interests, and career inclinations through the delivery of relevant, updated, and appropriate LMI to achieve our goal of enhanced workers’ employability,” said Baldoz.

“The record reflects our commitment in guiding new entrants to the labor force towards skills and competencies that would secure them the best jobs,” she added.

She commended the BLE for its seriousness in disseminating LMI. At the same time, she posed the BLE a challenge, saying it should sustain its accomplishment through the remaining months of the year.

BLE Director Dominique R. Tutay reported to the Secretary the following regional accomplishments in LMI delivery:

NCR—159,937 individuals of the 247,880 target, or 64.5 percent accomplishment rate; CAR—61,801 of the 96,915, or 63.8 percent; Region 1—117,996 of the 165,921, or 71.1 percent; Region 2—58,369 of the 66,290, or 88.1 percent; Region 3—181,594 of the 235,450, or 77.1 percent; Region 4A—265,367 of the 255,165, or 104 percent; Region 4B—25,157 of the 53,060 or 47.4 percent; Region 5—15,874 of the 54,000, or 29.4 percent;

Region 6—29,158 of the 33,723, or 86.5 percent; Region 7—41,969 of the 150,000, or 28 percent; Region 8—7,639 of the 16,750, or 45.6 percent; Region 9—12,373 of the 40,000, or 30.9 percent; Region 10—53,593 of the 30,000, or 178.6 percent; Region 11—94,293, or191.2 percent; Region 12—49,179 of the 94,842, or 51.9 percent; and CARAGA—42,589 of the 55,000, or 77.4 percent.

As to the number of institutions reached, the regions have reported the following 1st semester performance: NCR—1,200 institutions of the 715 annual target, or 167.8 percent; CAR—342 of the 527, or 64.9 percent; Region 1—1,753 of the 2,335, or 75.1 percent; Region 2—219 of the 313, or 70 percent; Region 3—1,457 of the 2,120, or 68.7 percent; Region 4A—1,532 of the 2,300, or 66.6 percent; Region 4B—175 of the 500, or 35 percent; Region 5—125 of the 300, or 41.7 percent;

Region 6—680 of the 1,355, or 50.2 percent; Region 7—231 of the 1,705, or 13.5 percent; Region 8—63 of the 893, or 7.1 percent; Region 9—157 of the 691, or 22.7 percent; Region 10—157 of the 393, or 39.9 percent; Region 11—869 of the 965, or 125 percent; Region 12—654 of the 878, or 74.5 percent; and CARAGA—1,330 of the 1,900, or 70 percent.

Over the last four years, the BLE has developed client-specific labor market information, education and communication materials and has conducted advocacy activities to provide accurate signals on jobs and skills in demand and shortages.

It has published and distributed the 121 Career Guide pamphlets; Industry Career Guides; Labor Market Updates; and other reports on employment, skills supply, shortages, and surpluses.

Tutay also reported that the second batch of the BLE’s Industry Career Guides (ICGs) on Banking and Finance, Manufacturing, Ownership Dwelling and Real Estate, and Wholesale and Retail Trade is scheduled for printing this third quarter, while the third batch of ICGs, on Shipbuilding, Power and Utilities, and Renewable Energy, will be developed by the fourth  quarter.

“The bureau has also disseminated additional 20 more pamphlets featuring occupations on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Pamphlets on Household Service Worker, CNC Machinist, and Guidance Counselor have also been developed. A new batch of pamphlets featuring green jobs is also being developed,” Tutay said.

Baldoz said the intensified LMI delivery campaign of the DOLE is part of the Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP), one of the four convergent programs designed to address jobs and skills mismatch, by making national and regional LMI more accessible to the public, particularly students and job seekers.

“Employment and jobs mismatch issues can be managed with sustained pro-activity from the government and support of the public. We are confident that by working together, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development can be fast achieved,” Baldoz finally said.

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